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Imagine a Love of Reading: Summer Learning at Lindamood-Bell
While you’d like your son or daughter to love reading as much as you do, the reality may be just the opposite. In fact, they might even say they dislike reading and when they finally sit down with a book, there are cries of, “Am I done yet?” or “How many more pages?” every few minutes.
In this video, alumni parent, Melinda, describes how a Lindamood-Bell learning evaluation pinpointed exactly why her children were not excited about reading—and what could be done to help. While some students come to us with a diagnosis such as dyslexia, many students, like Melinda’s children, just need the right instruction to make learning easier.
Though Melinda’s kids were wary about using summertime for learning, she describes what made them go from “push back” to saying they had “the best summer ever.” She gives a parent’s perspective on what makes our learning center sessions so fun and effective, and how improved reading and comprehension have sparked a love of books for the family.
An Artist Learns How to Comprehend
A uniquely talented artist, Luke has endured medical challenges that have affected him throughout school and in personal communication. At 25, he learned how to visualize the language he hears and reads. Watch Luke and his family as they tell their story.
“The joy he now has with reading is the best result.” A mother of a second grader describes instruction.
Jacob’s last school year was incredibly difficult. We could not keep up with homework, and he could not keep up in class. He attends a really great private school, but even with extra support he didn’t seem to be learning. There were tears over homework and very low test scores. I have a master’s degree in education, so I have always sought out tools and programs and tutors, but Jacob’s interest in sitting still and reading was low because he didn’t see progress, and I was concerned about him developing “learned helplessness” because his teachers and tutors were spoon feeding him answers just before they gave up.
From the moment we entered Lindamood-Bell, I had a sense of hope for him. I knew he needed one-on-one help, but I couldn’t explain why. He had been tested for a full spectrum of learning disabilities, but he was never diagnosed or given a specific label. When Aisha first explained how the program worked and what it addressed – the brain side of it, I felt a sense of relief. From the first day of testing, Jacob loved being at the center. He formed a special bond with one of his teachers. From the first day I saw progress, and every Friday when I came to review the results, I was so excited to see him engaged and reading. The evidence of what happened is in the test scores, but the confidence he has and the joy he now has with reading is the best result. He’s now carrying books around with him to read during downtime, and he is correcting his older sister’s oral reading. Thank you so much! We are now excited to start the new school year, and show his new teacher all that he can do and explore a whole new set of interests.
A parent describes the impact of Visualizing and Verbalizing on her middle schooler
The author of Lost At School suggests parents and teachers have two beliefs towards kids struggling with academics. One is that kids do well if they “wanna,” and the other is kids do well if they can.
For the past 7 academic years, my son has bounced around to 5 different schools while I rode the emotional roller coaster of hoping for a “good fit.” With a great deal of home support, he managed to get by, until he encountered the demands of middle school.
With the onset of teen attitude and an academic plunge, I became increasingly convinced that he didn’t “wanna.” Only one treatment exists for this – an incentive program. The best of the best, ABA (applied behavior analysis) was an $8,000 failure.
Next step – psycho-educational testing. It revealed 98% of kids his age could outperform him in terms of processing speed, recall, and following oral directions. It was a surprisingly marked deficit for a kid that could read (decode) on grade level, interact well, and have an average IQ.
I remember him dutifully reading an action-adventure-drama-filled-teen book only to have him say to me in all sincerity, “Why am I not getting anything out of this?” I had no idea how to answer, and it gnawed at me for days. His question led us to the Lindamood-Bell program.
Lindamood-Bell had the answer to his question. He did not visualize what he was reading. Suddenly it became obvious why he lacked an interest in academics. He only read meaningless words on paper. His mind was closed off to so much.
Most importantly, Lindamood-Bell offered a method of treatment to remove this obstacle. Pinpointing and treating the problem goes hand in hand with the kids do well if they can philosophy. It is a more difficult philosophy to solve the mystery and work at fixing it, but worth the effort, because now he can.
The more I thought about how closed off his mind has been to the world around him, the more I thought about having him read local current news as the ultimate exercise in having the written word apply to his surroundings. He reads an article of his choosing aloud each day. At first his recall was sketchy, but mid-way through the Lindamood-Bell program, I was overjoyed to hear him recall specific details from the article with ease, speed, and accuracy.
Some side benefits I noticed from the newspaper readings were the challenging vocabulary, and increase in self confidence. For example, he had a chance to see me challenged to form a picture of the word “gyrocopter,” and we have a long discussion about the term “bail bond.” He gets a boost letting others know he is up on current events, and can offer his own opinions in debatable issues.
Identifying and treating this obstacle is the greatest favor I could ever give my son. Without Lindamood-Bell, he would have continued to struggle with academics indefinitely, continued to wonder why, continued to feel defeated, and would be oblivious to the deeper meaning of the world around him.
– Katherine L, a mom
Matthew will help you believe in the potential of every student.
Matthew was a middle school student with the reading comprehension of a third grader. A neuropsychologist’s recommendation of Visualizing and Verbalizing instruction at Lindamood-Bell would be a turning point for him. She believed in his potential. And so do we.